A guide to Da Nang: Where to go and how to get there

Thanks to the direct flights and the cluster of luxury resorts and villa, Danang has become one of the fast-growing seaside cities in South-east Asia. The city is well-known for sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port, making Da Nang a special exotic destination which is totally different from the nearby countries like Thailand.

Just a 2-hour flight from Hong Kong, or a 3-hour flight from Singapore or Taiwan, Da Nang is a perfect destination for weekend getaways and the affordable airfare (as low as HKD700 for a round trip) makes it even a place that not to be missed. In this guide, we’ll share some hotspots and activities that will make your trip to Da Nang exceptional.

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Best Time To Visit Da Nang

Danang is a great destination nearly year-round. The best months to visit are from February to August when the weather is warm and with limited rain.

If you are planning a vacation during Chinese New Year, Danang should be the top of the list. To celebrate the first full moon in the lunar new year, Hoi An Ancient Town will be hang up lots of colourful lanterns. Visitors will be amazed by the long-standing history, distinctive culture, and traditional customs of Vietnam.

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Places You Should Visit In Da Nang

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Considered to be Vietnam’s most picturesque beach, the white sandy 20-mile stretch of My Khe Beach was named by Forbes Magazine as “one of the most attractive beaches on the planet”. Just a 30-min taxi ride from Danang International Airport, you can embrace yourself to the calming vibe of a relaxing beach holiday.

If you prefer a private and quiet atmosphere, there are plenty of high-end resorts right next to the beach area. The property groups owe some part of the beach, which you can enjoy the exclusiveness and the offered beach activities, such as water sports, dining and massage.

The old town, also known as the Ancient Town of Hoi An is a living museum and is registered as one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites, attracting lots of tourists every year.

What makes it so special is that this little port town is in an incredible state of preservation. It offers some of the most densely-concentrated sights in Vietnam with its old streets bordered with ancient houses, assembly halls, pagodas, temples, ancient wells and tombs. The architecture of Hoi An is characterised by a harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. Some must-see attractions are Phung Hung Old House, Cantonese Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Old House, and The Japanese Covered Bridge. After the sunset, you can take a romantic lantern boat ride and check out the Hoi An night market for traditional goods and local delicacies. Remember to spare a one full day that is completely dedicated to the Ancient Town.

If you love amusement parks or you have children who do, you should visit Ba Na Hills. Riding the cable car up to the hill, the mountaintop resort complex overlooks Danang with a spectacular view. Fantasy Park is full of exciting rides and the French Village features fairytale castles, but inside these stone walls are modern accommodations, world-class restaurants.

Hopping in the market is a best way to understand the locals and their culture. In Han Market, you can find some great bargains on souvenirs, clothes and fresh produce, as well as to observe the local life. If you would like to try some fresh and cheap street food like Vietnamese turmeric noodles, spring roll, crispy pancakes, it is also the place to go. Accessible within a four-minute walk from Da Nang Cathedral, Han Market is open every day, but try to avoid to go between 06:00 and 11:00 and 16:00 onwards, it is usually very packed.

Built in 1923 in the French colonial period, the pink-painted Catholic Cathedral is one of the iconic spots in Da Nang. As the only church in Da Nang, the cathedral still functions as a lively place of worship for the catholic locals in Da Nang.

The Pink church features a simple interior design of engraved motifs, rhombic-shaped arches, medieval-style stained glass windows of various saints, and statues depicting events from the Holy Bible. Behind the church is a grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France. Da Nang Cathedral is a wonderful religious site, well worth a visit whilst you are discovering Da Nang city.

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How To Get Around Da Nang

When traveling, Uber is your best friend. However locals prefer using Grab, which connects you to both Grab cars, local taxis and motorcycle taxis through a similar platform. Using apps instead of hailing a taxi on the street saves you the hassle of trying to communicate your destination with the driver and helps you avoid being scammed by drivers who refuse to go by the meter.

Taxis are available everywhere in Da Nang, particularly nearby hotels, tourist attractions, and shopping malls.

Traveling by motorcycle taxi is a good way of exploring outside the city centre on a budget.

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